The music of singer, composer, performer and producer, Steve Balbi, mines a kaleidoscope of life at the margins. Transcending rock and pop as he coalesces sentimentality and soul, Balbi explores heterogeneity, refinement, and dirty rotten groove.
First cutting his chops on bass with Kevin Borich Express at just 17 years, Steve Balbi’s species being became liberated in collaboration with Justin Stanley; founding and producing Aussie chart-toppers Noiseworks (1986), before forming the Electric Hippies (1993).
In 1996 Balbi lifted his guitar from the rack to form Universe with Cathy Green (X), working with Paisley Park’s Susan Rogers, before Move Trees and Moon emerged in subsequent years. Then in 2011, he accepted an invitation to front 1970/80s new-wavers Mi-Sex.
Steve Balbi’s eclectic catalogue of production credits transcend genres, and includes a dynamic assemblage of artists: Noiseworks, Electric Hippies, Glenn Shorrock, Juice, Jenny Morris, Pearls & Swine, Toe to Toe, Vincent Stone, Fyre Byrd, Moon, and Christine Anu, among others. And in 1999, he sat in on vocals and guitar for David Bowie’s Hours sessions with Marius de Vries.
In April this year the world became a very different place for millions of Australians with the launch of Atmosphere, which is eye-controlled music software that allows people living with high-level physical disability to use only their eyes to make music. In a world first, Steve Balbi and Jessica Irwin released a single that was recorded with the assistance of Psykinetic’s eye-controlled software – ‘Winners (Psykinetic Mix)’.
Setting an entirely new course for his enigmatic artistry is Balbi’s forthcoming and second solo LP, Humans, which is an eclectic collection of words and music that navigates a wistful path from melancholy through madness. Casting his focus upon the notion humanity itself, in both riff and verse, is the first single ‘Modern Love’, which is released on Friday 26 October.